Young writers crave opportunities to connect, to experiment and to make work that is unafraid to disrupt the status quo. textLAB creates that space for exploration. 


Applications now open!
Deadline: 18:00 on Sunday 23 January

 Submit your application on Typeform  <


Over the last year, young writers we’ve worked with have told us that there is a block in the road for their artistic and professional development. They've told us they see few projects that support writers on the cusp of professional practice and give them space to play with the many possible forms that performance can take.

In a continued partnership with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, textLAB will offer training bursaries to six writers aged 18-25 to come together and interrogate – through practice –what contemporary performance writing could look like. Young writers will build a long-term programme of creative provocations and skills development workshops that are bespoke to their needs, drawing on the expertise of artists working across forms, genres and disciplines.  
The project embraces hybrid working – weekly sessions will take place online, but there will be supported opportunities to come together in-person throughout the traineeship. After 10 months, this new community of writers will share their work in a form – live or digital, performance or print – that they will co-create with Scottish Youth Theatre.  
textLAB is designed for people who have some experience of writing, but probably not for those who have had a professional staging or reading of their work. As part of the application, we ask writers to attach a 5-page extract of their writing – it could be poetry, monologue, game script or screenplay, but should be single-space, PDF format and written for performance (in the broadest sense). 


Applications open: 7 January 2022
Application deadline: 18:00 on 23 January 2022
Applicants notified: 31 January 2022

Project begins w/c 7 Feb 2022.  
Foundation Sessions – weekly throughout February & March 2022 (timings tbc). 
Provocation Sessions – weekly April to September 2022 (timings tbc). 
openLAB Sessions – programmed by selected writers, October 2022.

Final pieces submitted October 2022.  
Pieces shared November 2022.


To apply, please complete the Typeform at this link


Alternatively, you may wish to apply via audio or video. The application questions can be found here in PDF or Word doc formats.  Those applying in this way should send their responses in one audio/video file – as well as their 5-page extract – via WeTransfer to ryan@scottishyouththeatre.org. Files should last no more than 5 minutes.


If you would prefer to apply in an alternative format or have questions regarding the application, please get in contact with Ryan Hay; ryan@scottishyouththeatre.org








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